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The man accused of killing a Surrey city trader duing a New Year's Eve party in Thailand said today he wanted to say sorry to his family.
Speaking to our correspondent in the cells ahead of his court appearance today, he said he knew he'd done wrong.
Stephen Ashton was shot on the island of Koh Phangan. Angus Walker reports from Thailand.
A man has appeared in court in Thailand accused of shooting dead a tourist from Purley during a New Year's Eve party.
Ekkapan Kaewkla, who is 26, has been charged with killing Stephen Ashton, who died after he was hit by a stray bullet during a fight outside a bar on the island of Koh Phangan.
ITV News correspondent Angus Walker was in court on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui and spoke to the defendant before the trial.
A family from South London are beginning their new year mourning the loss of a son and brother.
Stephen Ashton was celebrating New Years Eve in Thailand, when he was shot dead.
It's believed the 22 year old was shot accidently, in a row between two Thai gangs.
Police there have arrested a 26 year old man.With the latest here's Piers Hopkirk.
Stephen Ashton's MP Richard Ottaway said he had been in touch with the Foreign Office to check that everything was being done to support the investigation.
The MP, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, has also contacted the family to extend his condolences and offer any help that he can.
Ekkapan Kaewkla is the man arrested by Thai police after British tourist Stephen Ashton, 22, was shot dead at a New Year's Eve party on a beach at Koh Phangan
Police said they had several witnesses and enough evidence to prosecute the 26-year-old suspect.
A man has allegedly admitted to unintentionally killing a British tourist at a New Year's Eve party on a Thai island, according to the Bangkok Post.
Stephen Ashton, 22, was shot dead on Koh Phangan and earlier 26-year-old Ekkapan Kaewkla was arrested in connection with the shooting.
The Bangkok Post reported that Mr Kaewkla said: “My group was outnumbered so we ran outside the bar. I drew out a gun and fired a shot into the bar aimed at my rivals.
"But it turned out that the tourist was hit. I’m sorry for the incident that occurred and I am ready to be punished for what I have done."
Thai police say that the suspect they have in custody has confessed to the killing of Stephen Ashton.
It seems that the British tourist was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The island is famous for its New Year and Full Moon parties but also notorious for drugs, crime and gangs.
Statement issued by the Foreign & Common wealth Office on behalf of the family of Stephen Ashton following his tragic death in Thailand on New Years Eve:
Thailand shooting victim Stephen Ashton, 22, was a regular at the Rectory pub in Brighton Road, Purley.
Deputy manager Matthew Hitchmough said:
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A British tourist has been killed on the Thai island of Koh Phangan, allegedly as a result of a stray bullet in a fight between locals.